Updated: Feb 6, 2022
By: Steven Pham
Photo by: David Chisholm
Wichita, KS. - No. 1 Sunrise Christian Academy moves to 19-1 on the season with a 75-29 win over Bishop Walsh. Sunrise dominated the game from the start and dismantled Bishop Walsh's offensive and defensive game plan.
Both teams struggled to shoot the ball within the opening minutes of the game. Sunrise started to generate easy and efficient offense off their defensive stops.
Mark Mitchell looked for his shot early in the game and jumped out with 8 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter. Bobi Klintman and Layden Blocker came in off the bench and contributed immediately. They both had huge games for Sunrise. Sunrise led 21-8 after the first quarter.
Sunrise switched everything defensively and got after loose balls. They made every pass, drive, and shot difficult for Bishop Walsh. Gradey Dick contributed in many different ways outside of scoring last night.
Dick is known for his explosive offense and three-point shot but last night he made plays on the defensive end with blocks and charges. He does whatever it takes for his team to win. Sunrise held Bishop Walsh to only three points in the quarter and led 40-11 at the half.
Sunrise continued to pour it on and build upon their lead. The whole team got involved in this game and pitched in on both ends of the court. Dick cashed in a couple of threes in the quarter. Dillon Hunter, Scotty Middleton, Mitchell, and Klintman continued their excellent performances.
Mike Williams was a positive for Bishop Walsh in the third quarter. He had 8 of his 12 points in the quarter. Williams was one of the few players that came prepared to play for Bishop Walsh. Sunrise extended their lead to 62-20.
Blocker was on fire to start the quarter with 8 quick points for Sunrise. Blocker had a tremendous floor game and was all over the court on offense and defense. Sunrise emptied their bench and had some fun.
Armaan Bhakta took a hard fall going up for a rebound but immediately came back in and banked in a three the following possession. Sunrise's bench went crazy for Bhakta and his highlight play of the game. Sunrise controlled the game and secured a blowout victory against Bishop Walsh.
Sunrise shot 54% from the field, 60% from three, and went 9-15 (60%) from FT. Sunrise had 36 total rebounds, 11 offensive, and 25 defensive. Sunrise had 17 assists on 27 made FGs, 4 blocks, and 5 steals. Sunrise dominated inside with a 28-12 advantage on points in the paint, out-rebounded Bishop Walsh 36-20, and had 18 second-chance points
Mitchell had a game-high 16 points on 5-7 shooting (6-9 from FT), a game-high 7 rebounds (3 offensive), 4 assists, and 1 steal. Blocker came off the bench with 14 points on 5-8 shooting (3-4 from three), 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Dick, Klintman, and Hunter all had 9 points and Middleton had 8 points. Sunrise's bench had 29 points to Bishop Walsh's 0 bench points.
Sunrise will take on Westtown tonight at 7 p.m. EST on day two of the Metro Classic. For more about the Westtown game, click here.